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  1. I can start that for you as to looking outside a narrow demographic at the Elegance... Let me see.... They bring young people in from about 8 to 12 as youth judges at the Elegance and they present their own trophy. Usually an experienced Concours Judge is with them discussing things with the kids who have simplified sheets, so they're subtly helping develop the youth end and also future potential judges. Of course the trophy is sponsored. Heh, why not do that at a DCI contest? They've brought in NASCAR personalities who also have serious interests in Vintage autos. Ray Evernham is the skinniest man alive, I swear. Also very unassuming and accessible. Another demographic brought in. Ray's appearance was... sponsored. A way to show the event is for everyone, just not the wine sipping well-heeled owners who bring their vehicles. Some vehicles are chosen to draw in people who aren't necessarily interested. They had the James Bond DB5 from Goldfinger, machine guns, wheel cutters, ejection seat and all that attracted many people who would otherwise not attend the event. Just some off the top.
  2. IF the HS does their research, studies and ASKS what's going on that's not evident to ensure things are done right..; than they can think through it and decide if they can do it or not. The problem is many of these folks don't properly think their way through the problem and assume it's easy or simple. From my experience the HS groups that just do things because DCI World class corps X did it- even down to playing the chart--- usually fail because they don't understand it at any depth, and don't understand how to teach it to begin with. You're correct, it's not as simple as just copying.
  3. Heck, yeah. Fenced myself many years and am horrible. But it was clear wearing the gear, I wasn't going to get shishkabobed or sliced.
  4. If WCU counts as having performed with them, Scott Litzenberg, Mike Klesch, and Tom Aungst. In DCA, Lou Zanine.
  5. If sufficient effect is demonstrated and achieved given the various challenges and issues... why not? Simple instance which I've seen and heard. Soloist A is too sick. Soloist B is called in that plays a different instrument and still wows the listener and is also superb, but not the choice intent of the music staff. I wouldn't have known that until I was told by the director. Top end groups always have plans and alternates/alternatives for various situations that may happen.
  6. Exactly. In this example, the program was robust and well thought out in many ways. Should not one reward the fact the design team had alternate, safer, and effective solutions to use in certain situations? Should the adjudicator take into effect the overall environmental conditions of the performance? You bet. Sometimes a team can shine in spite of bad weather over other teams because of being able to adapt.
  7. Hidden to the viewer of the show, not to the performer. Much like the tricks of an illusionist.
  8. The educated guess is there were, and how to approach and use the hand grips, body positions down slides, everything had a specific technique that had to be used, period. If they were sticklers, something had to be recited from memory on it and also demonstrated. if someone got sloppy in rehearsal, they were talked to. And with your shop, absolutely correct not to have anything running like a CNC mill with someone there without proper eye protection, etc.
  9. Makes sense, though with some of the less agile stumblebums one finds in some groups... I might have them on something 2 feet off the ground... and I'm serious. I'm curious what the OSHA regs are for that type of thing, actually. I worked on the Safety Committee for where I've worked, and this kind of stuff hits home to me. Also been injured myself at work due to various issues here and there. A lot of things to think about with any structure, stair, platform and ways to walk and approach them...
  10. It's to the point, and I don't say this negatively at all, but thoughtfully where one needs to really look at the structures and make sure they can handle load factors and stress beyond what they think will be applied on them by a factor of 2 or 3. That way, they won't have some kind of insane failure. I guess a cautionary tale might be found with the Texas A and M Bonfire collapse. No one wants this to happen in our activity in some way, shape or form, admins, Staff, members... no one wants anyone injured no matter how slightly or worse due to a bad structural design with any prop: reference to those who are unfamiliar... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_Aggie_Bonfire_collapse
  11. I played on a Kanstul Concert Euphonium a few years ago at Chuck Levin's. I thought it was a decent, solid instrument at a fair price. Had I not have what I have... I would have considered one. My personal G Bugle.... I think if I played it every day for serious practice..., I might feel differently. I find it rather uncooperative in many aspects even after a major overhaul that's got it as right as it could be.
  12. Sometimes the trick is to have something appear to be more dangerous than it actually is. Sometimes, the safety is carefully built in so it's not that evident.
  13. With anything like this, if you have a safety culture in place which takes safety extremely seriously and makes it the primary goal... and if you can't figure out how to do something without procedures and habits in place...One shouldn't do it at all. One has to think through the process carefully.
  14. If you want to meet me here, I'll drive you to the Elegance. The Hillclimb is great to go to to see a lot of old one of a kind race cars as well. The Elegance does have that layer of money, but by Concours standards, they're very accessible to the average person and gear-head friendly.